Time to Alinsky Obama, the Democrats, and the federal bureaucracy

When I was down in the doldrums the other day, a dear friend sent me a pep-talk email.  Her point was the same that jj made in a comment:  We have to seize the momentum now to reveal Obama, the Democrats, and the federal bureaucracy for what they are.

Democrats are handing us ammunition on a platter — and, while we do not control the mainstream media, we have Fox News, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and email to get our message out.  Moreover, the best messaging we can do is the type that Saul Alinsky urged on his followers:  Target, personalize, ridicule, and never let up.

My friend suggested calling Obama names consistent with his behavior:

President Petulant
President I’ll Hold my Breath til I Turn Blue
President Stompie Foot
President Picks on Geriatric WWII Heroes
President Hypocrite
President Negotiates with Iran, not America
President I really really hate Republicans
President Totalitarian
President El Presidente
President Iran can have the bomb, the real enemy is Republicans
President I hate half the country I lead
President Laughing Stock
President Fundamentally transforming America down the toilet
President Red Lines for Congress, not Syria
President Liar Liar Pants on Fire
President Temper Tantrum

I thought a couple of motivational posters might not be amiss.  You can make your own and spread them through social networking here.  If you like, I’ll also happily include at this blog any motivational posters you make.  Keep them clean, though, both because I run a clean blog and because obscenity and threats debase us, while wit, snark, sarcasm, and humor elevate us and make our message more memorable.

All your land are belong to us

Sir, you are recreating

This is what I’m talking about — pithy posters for conservatives

I mentioned last week that, in today’s short-attention span universe, we can reach voters with analysis.  That’s a sad fact, but a true one.  They need to have neatly encapsulated thoughts that they can share on Facebook or tweet out to their world.

My fellow Watcher’s Council member, Michael Haltman, who blogs at The Political Commentator, has assembled a lovely starter collection of pithy posters that spell out conservative bottom lines in a memorable and appealing way.

If you see one you like, spread it around.  Or tell people about all seventeen of those pithy posters.  And while you’re at it, maybe you should buy a Rubio water bottle.  He’s figured out — at least as to this one — how to de-fang the media.

Alinsky put his brilliance to the service of the wrong gods, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t brilliant. I’ve highlighted my favorites:

  • RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
  • RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
  • RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
  • RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
  • RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
  • RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
  • RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
  • RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
  • RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  • RULE 10: “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is the unceasing pressure that will result in the reaction of the opposition that is essential for the success of the campaign.
  • RULE 11: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
  • RULE 12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
  • RULE 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Conservatives need to start following at least some of these rules, and we need to do it hard and fast.

Obamacare summed up in one sentence

Here’s another great video to share with your friends, from Dr. Barbara Bellar, candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18:

If you’d like to help Dr. Bellar win the election, go here.  We need to support every candidate out there who has learned the judo technique of turning Alinsky tactics back against the Dems/Progressives.  Dr. Bellar ridiculed Obama care, made her people laugh, and did it in a long sentence that is, nevertheless, merely a pithy paragraph.  Pure Alinsky:

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

“A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

“A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”

About those community organizers

The race got shaken up a bit when Palin implied that community organizing, which is one of Obama’s big resume items “proving” his executive abilities, might be a little bit too amorphous a job to justifying entrusting the entire nation to his care.  That was amusing, but things became less amusing when digging in the wake of her speech revealed that the Alinsky school of community organizing to which Obama adhered is an ideology devoted to going into communities and encourage the citizens, not to take care of themselves, but to make increasingly strident demands on government.  (See here, here and here, for example.)

Knowing that Obama’s community organizing was simple Leftist street activism, it was amusing to receive from a friend an official statement from social workers decrying the incredible insult Palin visited on them when she dared imply that “community organizers” aren’t the most useful people in the world:

The National Association of Social Workers was outraged to hear Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, one of the nation’s vice-presidential candidates, malign in a live international broadcast the work of community organizers.

The social work profession takes great pride in its community organizing roots and lauds the contributions of its members, and other professionals, who commit their careers to helping residents of different communities organize their resources and take social action to improve life for themselves and their families. Small town reformers and urban community organizers have much in common.

The concepts of community organizing, community building and community development undergird the premise of American democracy. As a result of these efforts, institutions and officials often deliver more effective economic growth strategies, as well as mental health, health, and family services for people of all ages.

Community organizing is also the foundation of most successful political campaigns. Meeting fellow Americans in their communities and working with them to find solutions to problems that limit their potential is valuable and necessary work—with significant responsibilities.

What’s especially amusing to me about that little screed is that, almost without exception, the social workers I know work for the government or large care providers.  That is, they’re not freelance rabble-rousers who go into a community, swirl up emotions, and then let government take the hit.  Instead, they work for school systems and foster care organizations and hospitals and mental health facilities.  They’re not community organizers.  That’s why it’s so funny that this organization of professionals should take upon itself the mantel of career rabble rousers, and cluck at Palin on Obama’s behalf.

(BTW, please don’t construe this post as an attack on social workers.  While the news is occasionally made more depressing by stories of social work gone wrong — usually in the context of abused children — the social workers I know socially and professionally are committed people, who care deeply about the people whom they serve.  Instead, I’m poking fun at the political ideology that would have institutional care providers suddenly see themselves as brothers in arms with Alinsky street radicals.)

I bet they’ll vote for Hillbama, too

I wonder how many Marin residents, reading this innocuous sounding article about various churches and synagogues getting together for social causes realizes that there is a huge political agenda going on here. (The giveaway is in the second paragraph.) And this being Marin, I wonder how many would care if they knew:

A group of 25 churches, synagogues and other local groups is working to build a political power base they hope will begin to address a variety of community issues. The Marin Organizing Committee is the workaday name for their effort, based on the community organizing concepts of social reformer Saul Alinsky in the 1930s.

“We are not confrontational in any way,” says Joanne Saxe of Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. “We want (the political decision-makers) to join us in solving these problems.”

She and other representatives of member institutions plan to unveil their agenda in a meeting open to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Raphael Catholic Church gymnasium.

Local political leaders have been invited to attend by the Rev. Paul Rossi of St. Raphael and Rabbi Michael Lezak of Congregation Rodef Sholom. The group has no elected officers.

The committee will propose an agenda for action that will include:

- Providing an emergency shelter to serve homeless individuals and families.

- Examining “serious problems” with the Redwood Landfill in Novato.

- Providing psychiatric care for those who can’t afford it.

- Looking at issues of transportation, education, teens and immigration.

While 11 institutions so far are financial sponsors of the committee, 14 others are actively involved or have indicated they will join.

I like the way Saul Alinsky has been neatly packaged as a social reformer. He was a self-professed revolutionary, who viewed his approach as the wedge for true socialist revolution.

I have no problem with true grass roots movements, where people band together to take care of themselves or their community. When Alinsky’s name comes up, though, you know that there’s more to it than mere local self-improvement.

UPDATE:  Info on Alinsky.